You've Got Mail (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

You've Got Mail (1998)



Critic Consensus: Great chemistry between the leads made this a warm and charming delight.

Movie Info

The film tells of Kathleen Kelly, who owns a children's bookstore in New York. It is a small but profitable labor of love -- until Foxbooks, a mega-chain of super-sized bookstores, begins building across the street. Joe Fox, an executive with the family-owned firm, is directly responsible for this particular branch. Kathleen despises Joe and everything he seems to stand for. The future of her very livelihood is in doubt. When Kathleen and Joe are not working, they are logged onto their respective computers, where they've each met a wonderful friend. No one else has shared-or is even aware of-their intimate, anonymous electronic conversations that begin with the magic words "you've got mail."more
Rating: PG (for some language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklós László
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 4, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Tom Hanks
as Joe Fox
Meg Ryan
as Kathleen Kelly
Parker Posey
as Patricia
Dabney Coleman
as Nelson Fox
Steve Zahn
as George
John Randolph
as Schuyler Fox
Heather Burns
as Christina
Deborah Rush
as Veronica Grant
Hallee Hirsh
as Annabelle Fox
Cara Seymour
as Gillian
Katie Finneran
as Maureen, the Nanny
Michael Badalucco
as Charlie, Lift Atten...
Veanne Cox
as Miranda Magulies, C...
Sara Ramirez
as Rose, Zabar's Cashi...
Howard Spiegel
as Henry, Irate Zabars...
Diane Sokolow
as Zabars Shopper
Julie Kaas
as Zabars Shopper
Reiko Aylesworth
as Thanksgiving Guest
Katie Sagona
as Young Kathleen Kelly
Kathryn Maisle
as Cecilia Kelly
Nina Zoie Lam
as Sidne Anne, TV Repo...
Maggie Murphy
as Theatre Patron
Mary Pat Kelly
as Fox Books Shopper
Chris Messina
as Fox Salesperson
Ronobir Lahiri
as Man at Cafe Lalo
André Sogliuzzo
as Waiter at Cafe Lalo
Peter A. Mian
as Capeman at Starbucks
Richard Cohen
as Starbucks Customer
Enzo Angileri
as Starbucks Customer
Nick Brown
as Juggler
Ann Fleuchaus
as Sarah Mancini
Neil Bonin
as Party Guest
Bill McHugh
as Party Guest
Lynn Grossman
as Yvette Fox
Dolores Sirianni
as Mother of Twins
as Brinkley the Dog
as Brinkley the Dog
Mary Kelly
as Fox Books Shopper
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Critic Reviews for You've Got Mail

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (22)

The coincidences that make the destined lovers' paths cross aren't contrived with much finesse, but the characters get in some decidedly clever lines.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The clumsily loaded characterisation not only treats almost every other figure as dispensable, but doesn't even bother to make Meg and Tom properly sympathetic.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mail may not be as romantic as Sleepless, but it's wittier.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A love story destined to be remembered as one of the best of the decade.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Fully-stocked, well-oiled and soulless, You've Got Mail sure feels like a franchise operation -- all that's missing is a greeter and a discount card.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Every time You've Got Mail is about to choke on its own cleverness, it's resuscitated by its extremely likable -- oh heck, let's just call them lovable -- stars.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for You've Got Mail


Nice 90's rom com. Got to admit, I don't think I could forgive the guy who ran me out of business, let alone love him - but I could be over thinking it.
I really liked the little book store too - really cute.
Meg Ryan used to do this type of film very well. I have found myself rewatching a few lately, which is odd as I wasn't huge on them when they were first out. Though they are obviously dated now, they are still nice movies and she's very relatable in them.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Very predictable storyline, similar to Sleepless in Seattle - the characters don't know each other but are destined to meet. They chat via email, but don't realise they loathe each other in real life. Good cast. Modern adaptation of shop around the corner.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


I am tackling my demons and attempting a few Rom Coms, this would usually be the type of film I would side step, but I will admit to liking this a little and finding the two sides of the relationship interesting.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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